Employers embracing diversity, but more work to be done

Fewer Canadians are working from home permanently in 2023, according to a new survey by Aviva Canada.

Just 19 per cent of survey respondents said they’re doing so, compared to 27 per cent in 2022. However, the percentage of Canadian employees who said they’re working hybrid a few days each week increased to 29 per cent from 25 per cent a year ago.

For employees who are spending time in their workplace office, 25 per cent said they enjoy the collaborative environment, while 21 per cent agreed they favour the social atmosphere and 15 per cent said they’re able to juggle work and home priorities more easily because of greater flexibility, up from nine per cent who felt that way in 2022.

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The survey also found 18 per cent of Canadian employees said they’re concerned about inflation and a possible recession, followed by layoffs and economic conditions (13 per cent), that poor economic conditions could impact their pay rises or promotions (13 per cent) and their ability to find a new job should they lose their current one (13 per cent).

“It’s great to see the social benefits of hybrid work bringing enthusiasm back to office days, but it’s still very much a world of contradiction as people try to embrace the social benefits while managing commuting frustrations and their growing concern over the impact of the current economic outlook,” said Susan Penwarden, managing director of personal lines at Aviva Canada, in a press release.

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